PHOTO: Sarah Efird wins mac & cheese fest

We didn't have space to run this in this week's food and drink issue, but here it is for all you foodies:

The Old Winston Social Club held its second annual Mac and Cheese Fest on Nov. 17. The brainchild of owner Dane Peterson, the festival is not only free, but all of the entries are open for consumption after the judges are finished. 

Sarah Efird, who moved to Winston-Salem from Texas, won first place with her dish consisting of seven kinds of peppers — both roasted and raw — and five kinds of cheese. Efird didn't enter last year's competition but walks to the social club frequently and decided to participate when she saw a sign for the fest. 

She topped Eric O'Brien (second place), Matt Montanya (third place) and eight other contestants whose dishes included everything from seafood to bacon. 

Above: Efird with her winning dish after attendees made several passes through it.

(photo and story by Eric Ginsburg)

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